SOCHI, October 22. The President of Russia Vladimir Putin after a personal meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is confident that he is ready for dialogue with the opposition.
“Based on the Syrian conflict not only fight the militants and not only terrorist aggression, although it is obvious the terrorists simply took advantage of the difficulties in Syria. You need to separate the terrorist threat from domestic political problems”, – said the head of state, speaking at the meeting of the discussion club “Valdai”.
In his opinion, “the Syrian leadership should establish working contact with those opposition forces who are ready to dialogue”. “As far as I understood from previous conversations with President Assad, he is ready this dialogue”, – Putin said.
Assad visited Moscow on 20 October. As reported the President’s press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, the leaders held talks on the situation in Syria.